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Poster: Alison OK Date: Aug 17, 2018 2:27pm
Forum: news Subject: Hhhhappy: Stream thousands of hours of free vintage footage with Prelinger’s Archives

For the last thirty years, California-based film archivist Rick Prelinger has been collecting and archiving “ephemeral” films, those sponsored by corporations and organisations, educational films, and amateur and home movies, mostly from the early to mid-twentieth century.

Founded in 1983, Prelinger’s collection has amassed to over 60,000 films, 65% of which are said to be orphan works, meaning they lack copyright owners and active custodians.

In 2000, Prelinger partnered with Internet Archive to make a subset of the Prelinger Collection (now 6,500 films) available online for free viewing, downloading and reuse. Most films relate to U.S. cultural history, the evolution of the American landscape, everyday life and social history.

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